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Fraud

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions staff employed by his Department defrauded his Department in the last 10 years.[Official Report, 3 June 2008, Vol. 476, c. 9MC.] (200839)

The Department for Work and Pensions was created in April 2001 and information has been held centrally only from April 2003. To try to obtain information for earlier years would incur a disproportionate cost. Figures are not yet available for 2007-08.

Information is not available in the exact format requested but the figures shown in the following table show the number of instances of attempted or actual fraud where the investigation was completed in the year stated, together with the average number of staff in post in each year. The figures relate to all the benefits administered by DWP, theft of assets and financial irregularities:

Employee fraud against the benefits system

Other fraud by employees

Staff in post

2003-04

23

78

130,786

2004-05

4

44

126,988

2005-06

52

99

119,972

2006-07

51

75

114,500